Yellowstone's Dynamic History Field Trip

Dates: October 14, 2022

Meets: F from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Location: Bozeman, MT - Location TBA

OLLI Member: $220.00

Enrollment requires a 2022-2023 OLLI at MSU Membership


Spend the day with MSU's Regents Professor Emerita Cathy Whitlock and view first-hand the forces of nature that have shaped our nation's iconic first national park. Your classroom learning will come to life as we explore volcanism, glaciation, the shifting Yellowstone hot spot, consequences of past ice ages and climate change throughout the central and northern portions of the park. The legacy of these powerful influences has created the present-day ecosystem and will prove important for this iconic region far into the future.

Travel will be via coach bus to and from Bozeman (restroom on board) and a hearty field lunch, beverages and snacks are included. The fieldtrip will include frequent stops, getting on and off the bus, and walking on paved and unpaved, uneven ground.

Group travel on the bus is required; no personal vehicles permitted.


Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Meet the Instructors

Fee:   $220.00


Bozeman, MT - Location TBA

Actual location information and meeting instructions to be sent in confirmation email.

Cathy Whitlock

Cathy Whitlock is a Regents Professor Emerita in Earth Sciences at Montana State University and a Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her research and leadership activities in the field of long-term climate and environmental change. Her studies of Yellowstone's ecological history began in the 1980s and continue to the present day, and she has expanded her research to examine similar places around the world. Dr. Whitlock served as lead author of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment and is co-lead author of the 2021 Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment. She has received numerous awards and honors for her science, and in 2018, she became the first person from a Montana university to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


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